2013 Annual Dinner

Trilateral Dinner with
Australia, the United States and Japan

Addressing Divergent Futures in the Asia-Pacific

Thursday 31 October 2013
Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra

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Key Speakers:

* Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence, Australia

* His Excellency Yoshitaka Akimoto, Japanese Ambassador to Australia

His Excellency John Berry, U.S. Ambassador to Australia

Admiral Harry Harris (USN), Commander of the US Pacific Fleet

Other U.S. and Japanese participants invited:
  • Professor Janine Davidson, School of Public Policy, George Mason University (confirmed)
  • The Hon Michèle Flournoy, Center for a New American Security (confirmed)
  • Mr I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute and former Assistant to the President, Chief of Staff to the Vice President and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (confirmed)
  • Mr Kazuyuki Yamazaki, Ambassador, Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Vice Admiral Toshiyuki Ito, Commandant, Joint Staff College, Ministry of Defense (confirmed)
  • Professor Satoshi Morimoto, Takushoku University and former DJP Defence Minister (confirmed)
  • Mr Atsuo Suzuki, Defense Councillor (Deputy Director General)
  • Mr Vance Serchuk, Principal, KKR Global Institute (confirmed)
  • Mr Kin-ichi Yoshihara, President, Asian Forum Japan (confirmed)
  • Dr Andrew D. May U.S. Office of the Director, Net Assessment (invited)
  • Senior representatives from U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and U.S. Department of State

Dr Kurt Campbell, Chairman and CEO, The Asia Group regrets he has had to pull out for personal reasons.

Tickets (GST Inclusive):
Officials and members of the public $240
Kokoda Foundation members $190
Students (fulltime) $190
Tables of 10  $210 per person

Event details
When: Thursday 31 October
Time: from 7:00 pm
Address: Rydges Lakeside Hotel, Canberra ACT
RSVP: Register here
Registrations close on Wednesday 23 October 2013
Inquiries: Tel: 02 6295 1555 email events@kokodafoundation.org

Kokoda Foundation Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner 2012

Implications for Australia of the United States
Pivot to the Indo Pacific

Thursday 15 November 2012
Federation Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

A message from Prime Minister The Hon Julia Gillard MP can be downloaded here

The key note addresses were delivered by

Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

Senator The Hon. David Feeney, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator Feeney's speech can be downloaded here

H.E.M. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Ambassador Designate to Australia of the Republic of Indonesia.


Confirmed and invited Australian delegation include:

General David Hurley, AC, DSC  
Chief of the Defence Force (invited)  
Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC  
Chief of Navy  
Lieutenant General Dave Morrison, AO  
Chief of Army  
Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO  
Chief of Air Force  
Mr David Irvine, AO  
Director General of Security  

Confirmed and invited U.S delegation include:

Confirmed and invited Indonesian delegation include:

Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, III HE Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema
Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Indonesian Ambassador to Australia
Ms Susan Eisenhower RADM Willem Rampangilei
Deputy Minister for Environment and Social Vulnerability Coordination
The Eisenhower Group Coordinating Ministry for People's Welfare
Dr Thomas G. Mahnken, Ph.D. Lieutenant General (Retd) Agus Widjojo
Professor of Strategy Senior Advisory Group for Ikahan
Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography  
and National Security Strategy & Policy Dr Roy A Sparringa
Naval War College Deputy III on Food Safety and Hazardous Substance Control
  National Agency for Drug and Food Control (BPOM)
His Excellency Mr Jeffrey Bleich  
U.S. Ambassador to Australia Mr Sabam Siagian
  Senior Editor, Jakarta Post
LTGEN Terry Robling  
Commander Prof Juwono Sodarsono
US Marine Forces in the Pacific Former Defence Minister and
  Ambassador to United Kingdom
Mr Ralph A. Cossa  
Pacific Forum Center for Strategic   
and International Studies (CSIS)  
Mr Mikkal Herberg  
Energy Security Program Director  
The National Bureau of Asian Research

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Annual Seminar-Dinner 2011

Strategic Tides in Asia - Challenges and
Opportunities: 2020-2030

Thursday, 22 September 2011
National Ballroom, Realm Hotel, Canberra

Join some of United States’ and Australia’s leading strategic thinkers in discussions on the future of Australia’s national security challenges and opportunities in Asia.

This seminar-dinner should be a priority for all organisations and individuals with an interest in the future security within the western pacific or with Australia’s relationship with the United States. Registration is open to the general public from Australia and overseas.

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Keynote Speakers


 The Hon Stephen Smith MP
Minister for Defence
Deputy Leader of the House
Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific
U.S. Pacific Command

Senior U.S. participants

Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich (TBC)
US Ambassador to Australia

Dr James Clad
Senior Adviser for Asia
Center for Naval Analyses

Ralph Cossa
President, Pacific Forum CSIS

LtGen Wallace (Chip) Gregson Jr., USMC (Rtd)
WC Gregson & Associates

Dr Andrew Krepinevich
Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Washington DC

Thomas Mahnken
Professor of Strategy
Jerome Levy Chair of Economic Geography and National Security Strategy & Policy
Naval War College

Dr Stanley Roth
Vice President of International Government Relations
Boeing Corporation
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific Affairs

Fees (GST Inclusive):

Officials and members of the public $240
Kokoda Foundation members $190
Students (fulltime) $190
A discount is available for tables of 10 $210 per person

Inquiries to:

Seminar-Dinner Manager
The Kokoda Foundation
PO Box 4060
Kingston ACT 2604

Telephone: (02) 6295 1555
Fax: (02) 6169 3019
E-mail: manager@kokodafoundation.org

Annual Seminar-Dinner 2010

Enhancing Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific

Thursday, 18 November 2010
Federation Ballroom, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra

The United States’ Interests in Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific Japan’s Future Contribution to Western Pacific Security Australia’s Perspectives
on Trilateral Security Cooperation in the Western Pacific
AMB Richard Armitage
Former United States Deputy Secretary of State, U.S.A.
Mr Koro Bessho
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
Hon Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia


Thomas E Donilon,
National Security Advisor, Executive Office of the President (Invited)

Stanley Roth
, former Assistant Secretary of State, East Asian Affairs

Andrew Shapiro
Director Political-Military Affairs, Department of State (Invited)

Lt. Gen. Burton Field
, Commander, U.S. Forces Japan

Major General Randolph Alles (USMC)
, Director Strategic Planning and
Policy, United States Pacific Command

Professor Harry Harding
, Dean, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia

Derek. J Mitchell
, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs

General John F Newell III
, Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Asia, United States Joint Staff

Dr Patrick Cronin
, Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Dov Zakheim
, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Finance Officer

Ralph Cossa
, President Pacific Forum CSIS

Brad Glosserman
, Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS

Ms Kuniko Tanioka
, Member of the House of Councillors, Japan. (Invited)

Mr Keiro Kitagami
, Member of the House of Representatives, Japan. (Invited)

Mr Chikao Kawai
, Assistant Chief Cabinet Secretary, Japan (Invited)

Mr Kazuyoshi Umemoto
, Director-General, North American Bureau, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, Japan (Invited)

Professor Takashi Shiraishi
, Executive Member, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan (Invited)

Mr Nobushige Takamizawa
, Director-General Operational Policy, Ministry of Defence, Japan (Invited)

Mr Hiroshi Oe
, Director-General International Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Japan (Invited)

Ambassador Masafumi Ishii
, Ambassador for Policy Planning and International Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Professor Masashi Nishihara
, President, Research Institute for Peace and Security and former President of the National Defence Academy


Annual Seminar-Dinner 2009

Security Challenges in the South Asian Crescent -
Iran and Afghanistan/Pakistan


Michael Hayden

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

the Hon. John Faulkner

Minister for Defence

US participants included

Lieutenant General John R. Allen USMC
Deputy Commander
United States Central Command

Vice Admiral Keith. W. Lippert USN (Ret’d) Former Director of the
US Defense Logistics Agency
Professor Eliot Cohen
Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University andand Counselor, Department of State

Dr Thomas Mahnken Visiting Scholar at Paul.H. Nitze School of Advanced
International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Editor the Journal of Strategic Studies and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning

Ralph Cossa
President, Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies, Honolulu

Stanley Roth former United States Assistant Secretary of State
for East Asian Affairs
Brad Glosserman
Executive Director
Pacific Forum Center for Strategic

Bob Scher
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and South East Asia

Wallace “Chip” Gregson
Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

Dr Dov Zakheim
former Under Secretary for Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Finance Officer

Mikkal Herberg BP Foundation Senior Research Fellow for International Energy, Pacific Council on International Policy



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